We often forget that the skin is the largest organ in the body. As such, it is susceptible to a host of attack from viruses, bacteria, allergies, environmental factors and more. Consequently, there are hundreds of known skin disorders and diseases, with a few of them being overwhelmingly prevalent.
The numbers which make the skin the largest organ are quite staggering. Your skin weighs between 6 and 9 pounds, and the surface area averages two square yards. The skin is vital though: it not only protects your internal organs but keeps your body at just the right temperature inside.
As far as providing protection goes, the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, could hardly do a more magnificent job. Every virus or fungal infection would cause untold havoc to our insides were they not essentially trapped by the skin. With that in mind, let’s look at the 10 most prevalent skin conditions.
This is probably the most well-known skin disease, even though many people don’t think of it as such. With over 80 percent of people all over the world developing acne at some point in their lives, it is by far the most common skin disorder. It can be temporary, such as teen acne, but when it persists into adulthood, appears for the first time then or is aggravated in adulthood, it is thought of as permanent.
The oil glands or sebaceous glands under your skin produce an oily substance called sebum that is meant to nourish your skin. Sometimes, too much is produced and the excess is pushed up the passage or follicle joining the gland to the surface holes in your skin. These ‘holes’ are the pores. When either the follicle or the pore itself is clogged, a pimple forms and acne appears. It can usually be contained or diminished with a skin care programme and/or medication, under medical supervision.